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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Investigates Isolated TB Case

January 17, 2008 8:00 AM

The Public Health Protection Unit of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is investigating a case of TB in a Glasgow primary school teacher. 

The patient is being given the appropriate treatment and as a precautionary measure we are arranging for all the children who attend the teacher's school to be screened.  We have done screening exercises in Glasgow over recent years following similar circumstances and these have not found any infections. 

Dr Syed Ahmed, Consultant in Public Health Medicine for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: "This is an isolated case and not an outbreak. In keeping with national guidance we are screening close contacts, including the children at the teacher's school, as an extra precaution and are offering advice and information where appropriate."

Letters have been sent to all parents providing information, advice and reassurance to families.

There are around 200 cases of TB in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area every year and some 400 cases nationally across Scotland.

Close contacts are defined as those who spend around 3-4 hours a day with someone with TB most days of the week.

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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's Public Health Protection Unit has taken the decision not to release the name of the school involved. All parents and staff at the school have been informed and there is no public health reason to name the school.
NOTES TO EDITORS:

What is Tuberculosis (TB)?

TB is an infection caused by a germ, which usually affects the lungs but can also develop in other parts of the body, such as the kidney or glands.

It is not a common disease but if it is not discovered and treated, then it can be serious.

How do you catch it?

You cannot contract TB by sharing the same dishes and household items and you cannot carry the TB germ back to your own family if you yourself have had contact with a TB case and have no symptoms.
 
You may catch TB if you are in prolonged contact with someone who is coughing up TB germs. You would need to have close prolonged contact with the person to become infected, although prolonged contact does not necessarily indicate that you have contracted the infection.

It is possible for someone to contract TB and not show symptoms for one or two years after exposure. These people can test negative on screening, but go on to later develop symptoms.

What are the symptoms?

Chest tightness or pain
Coughing up blood or dirty spit
High temperature or excessive sweating particularly at night and lasting for two weeks or more
Loss of appetite
Weight loss
Prolonged cough -dry or with a spit

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